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    Securing Multi-Cloud Environments

    Cloud computing has fundamentally changed how we consume and deploy technology.

    And the growing raft of Public Cloud shared infrastructure, utility type consumption models offer an extremely attractive solution for enabling businesses to easily scale up and down to meet rapidly changing business needs, but security still needs your absolute attention.


    New ways of working introduce new security threats

    In this post, we’ll be covering a few of the most important areas to look at in order to secure your adoption of multi-cloud architecture.

    Inevitably, cloud technology has changed the concept of a network and there is no longer a one size fits all for all businesses.

    Whilst environments are changing, so is the growing number of entities across the technology stack as businesses cater for office, home based and new hybrid ways of working.

    You need to protect multi-cloud architecture from cyber-attacks and social engineering

    Multi-cloud architecture allows progressive organisations to deploy workloads across multiple cloud environments both private and public.

    However, this increased complexity comes with security concerns that must be addressed in order to protect the business from cyberattacks and social engineering – simply securing at the perimeter edge alone is no longer sufficient.

    Securing a multi-cloud environment requires a comprehensive approach that takes many different concepts into consideration.

    As businesses adopt more ‘as a service’ technology by moving applications and services to the cloud, developing a multi-cloud security strategy is an absolute necessity.

    Yet in order to deploy the right strategy it is critical for businesses to fully understand the shared responsibility model.

    When adopting public cloud into your infrastructure you need to consider what security tasks are handled by the provider and what tasks remain your responsibility?

    Shared responsibility when working in multi-cloud environments

    One of the biggest challenges of working in multi-cloud environments can be managing different vendors and contracts.

    Often working with multiple service providers provides an additional level of challenges as each company will have their own responsibilities, and your expectations may need to change based on the service they are providing.

    For example, your cloud service providers will operate the IT infrastructure and deliver the services that you have paid for, but have you checked what security responsibilities they have and what you are responsible for as a user?

    In many cases, you’ll be expected to have your own cloud security and encryption solutions, and you’ll be the one deciding who has access to what features in your cloud infrastructure.

    In other words, you’ll need to decide what is handled by you as the business owner and what is managed by the company you hire.

    Here is a check list of some things to consider when securing multi-cloud environments:

    • How educated and security aware are your staff?
    • Do they need additional training in order to promote safe and secure use of public, private, and hybrid cloud environments?
    • Have you implemented security solutions into all of your processes?
    • Are you planning ahead for disasters and minimizing downtime?
    • Have you estimated costs yet to see how much you’ll be paying each service provider and if you need to pay for additional or extra services?

    Managing multi-cloud environments can be tricky and will present many different security-focused challenges. However, with the right approach and effective management techniques, you’ll find that it can be easy to secure multi-cloud environments.


    Nouveau is dedicated to securing your organisation

    At Nouveau we help you to navigate public cloud nuances and ensure you have a robust cloud security strategy that reflects your chosen environment.

    Our services are geared to increase your resilience by learning and adapting to the changing threat landscape identifying and addressing negligent or criminal behaviours.

    We can also optimise user accessibility and network speed with a robust security policy that keeps you safe, is compliant with current legislation and best practice, and evolves with changing security threats.

    Nouveau Solutions is a Microsoft Azure and AWS Marketplace Consulting Partner with decades of experience in IT Infrastructure and networking security.

    We assist our clients in designing, building, and securing multi-cloud environments. From educating staff to helping you design processes and discovering new tools, we are a full-service company that helps companies optimise their multi-cloud environments and cloud technology solutions.

    Whether you’ve already moved applications and workloads to the cloud or are just getting started with your transition to cloud-based services, we’re here to help and support you throughout the entire journey.

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    Nouveau Solutions have dedicated teams for each different area that are made up of very knowledgeable technicians and engineers that specialise in their specific area of expertise. It is due to this that I always feel confident that Nouveau Solutions will be able to deliver us any IT services that we may request from them (there has been a lot over the years).

    They have always gone above and beyond to deliver high quality professional IT services to meet any requirements that we throw at them within any timeframes that we may set.

    On top of the ad-hoc IT services we request from Nouveau Solutions, they also monitor, manage, maintain and support some of our network infrastructure and have always been on hand to resolve any issues that may be noticed via their monitoring or raised by us within a timely manner.

    We also purchase the majority of our IT equipment including hardware, software and licensing through Nouveau Solutions which is always at a reasonable price and always received within a timely manner.

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    All in all, I have nothing but praise to offer for Nouveau Solutions and would highly recommend them to any company that was looking for an IT services company.  There are definitely no plans here to switch to a different IT services company for the foreseeable future.

    Here’s to many more years with using Nouveau Solutions! “

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